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So Many Displays!

 This month, the library has many displays for you to enjoy!  You can't miss the beautiful, eye catching African American Heritage Month display on the round wall.  We think you'll agree that words really do have power as you enjoy quotes from influential African American's, and books on the arts, sports and history.  The Winter Olympics are coming!  Enjoy books, trivia and facts about the Olympics on the pyramid closest to the Children's area.  Once the games get underway, we'll  post a daily tally of all the medals won by our USA athletes! The new Bluebonnet award books are out.  You'll find them on the Texas flag themed pyramid display at the entrance to the Children's area.  Saturday, February 3rd is Take your Child to the Library Day. The first pyramid at the entrance to the library is dedicated to this special day.  And, we certainly haven't forgotten the big event of the month - Valentines day!  We hope you enjoy Library Lovers Month by selecting a book from our Valentines book pyramid.  You can also leave words of love on the large pole near the circulation desk.  Near the entrance to the Children's Area, you can choose some photo props and take and post pictures to FB, Twitter and Instagram.  Don't forget to use the hashtag "ilovemylibrary" or "tomballlibrary".  And, last but not least, the Friends of the Tomball Library are having a "romance" book sale all month long. Each bag of books is $2 and all proceeds go directly to library programming and events!  So many reasons to love your Library all month long!

Valentine Creations Program!

 Hey Kids!  Valentines Day is 2 weeks away! Come to the Children’s Area this Thursday, February 1st at 5 pm and have fun creating unique Valentines to give to your friends and family (or keep for yourself!).  We’ll provide you with all the supplies you need to make 6 different Valentines. This fun program is for children ages 7 – 12 and requires registration by calling 832-559-4235.

Theodore's Toy Box!

   No doubt you have met our Children's Department bear, Theodore!  He is very large and cuddly, so, chances are your child has pounced on him and enjoyed sitting on him many times.  Did you know that Theodore has a big box of literacy toys and activities for you and your child to work on together?  A total of 13 early learning toys and 3 busy bags are available for in house use any time you visit the Children's area.  Look at the large poster and decide what number activity you want, come to the desk for it, have fun using it, return it and choose another!  Activities include:  puzzles, magnetic gears, shape sorting, alphabet letters and themed busy bags which contain themed early literacy manipulatives

STEM based learning at Choo Choo Club!

  No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of STEM based learning for children.  STEM focuses on 4 disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are all areas of learning that kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future.  Exposing children at a young age to simple STEM concepts and activities sets the foundation for later higher learning.  At Choo Choo Club, the Library’s early literacy program for 3 - 5 year olds, children will participate in STEM based learning each week in addition to the weekly focus on 1 letter of the alphabet and literacy activities related to that letter.  Using specially designed kits children (with help from their parents) will complete scaled down, age appropriate lessons to introduce them to each of the 4 disciplines.  This past Thursday, the children completed activities using the balance scale.  They predicted which of 2 items would weigh the most and then placed them on the scale to see if they were correct.  They also used weights to balance objects and filled in a graph based on the color of the weight and amount they used.  Each activity concluded with answering some basic questions, such as:  which object was the heaviest?  or, which object did you have to use the most weights for? Choo Choo Club meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Required registration begins 1 week in advance of each session by calling 832-559-4235. 

Art Explorers!

Hey kids!  Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9th at 5 pm, come to Art Explorers!  Have fun learning about dinosaurs and draw one using fossil pictures. This program is for ages 8 - 12 and requires advanced registration by calling 832-559-4235.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  The Library will close today at 5pm and remain closed through the New Year!  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8amHAPPY NEW YEAR to our Tomball Community and patrons.  We look forward to the start of 2018 and sharing with you another year of awesome programming, activities and [of course] great books!

Happy Holidays!

   Happy Holidays to our wonderful Tomball Community and customers from the entire Library staff!  The Library will close this Friday, December 22nd at 5pm and remain closed through Tuesday, December 26th.  We will re-open on Wednesday, December 27th at 8am.

Art Explorers!

 This coming Tuesday, December 12th, at 5pm, children ages 8 - 12 can come to Art Explorers, learn about Mosaics and create a Winter scene.  Please cal 832-559-4235 to register!

Ornament Making Program for Kids!

  Hey Kids!  Come to the Children's Area on Monday, December 11th at 5 pm and make ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts!  All supplies will be provided for each participant to make 4 ornaments!  This program is for children ages 7 - 12Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot for this fun, holiday activity!

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Celebration!

 All Wizards (and Muggles) are summoned to the Great Hall of the Library (L129) on Saturday, December 2nd from 1 – 3pm to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter!  Come dressed as your favorite HP character and get sorted into your house, play table Quidditch, make a potion, an ornament, a bookmark and enjoy games, snacks and fun!  Don’t forget to stop at Kings Cross and take your picture on Platform 9 3/4!  All ages welcome.  See you then!

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